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5 players who are on borrowed time at Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid CF - Copa del Rey: Semi Final - Second Leg
Time to remove the dead wood!

Real Madrid possess probably the strongest squad in world football. Yet, this season hasn't gone to plan. They started the season with a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate win over Barcelona in the Spanish Supercopa, but since then they have struggled to win even when they have played at home.

Wholesome injuries this season has been a major problem for them, but some players are like dead wood in that team that needs to be removed. As only the best and the fittest can play for the mighty Real Madrid.

Here are the five players who don't deserve to be at Los Blancos anymore-

#5 Mateo Kovacic

FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Supercopa de Espana: 1st Leg
Mateo Kovacic

In 2015, when Real Madrid signed Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan for €32m, he was expected to be the future star of Madrid's midfield. The 21-year-old midfielder was in high demand as teams like Liverpool and Chelsea were prying for his transfer. Kovacic's ability to cut through opposition's midfield was one of the main reason why big teams were going for his transfer.

Fast forward to today and Kova?i? is yet to attain full fitness after picking up a right adductor tendon strain against Apoel in September. Even though he started in the Copa Del Ray match against Fuenlabrada, his performance was quite average compared to others.

He never reached the level that was expected from him at Real Madrid. In La Liga 2016/17 season, he mustered just 3 assists and scored 1 in 27 games. Replacing Kroos or Modric in that team seems too hard for him.

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